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Spring HLC-Week 1 Goals

Monday, February 04, 2013

1. What are your goals for this challenge? What do you want to accomplish (doesn't specifically have to be weight related) over these next 8 weeks?

Over the next 8 weeks, I want to lose about 16-20 pounds. I also want to work on strength training my abs, core, arms, and legs.

2. How will you go about reaching those goals and work toward those accomplishments? What do you need to do to make them happen?

I need to continue tracking my food on a daily basis. I also need to go to the gym at least 3 days a week for 80 minutes. I will spend 65 minutes doing cardio, and the remaining time working on strength training.

  
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SPSPSP1 4/8/2013 12:46AM

    Hey there, Sparkfriend. Just checking to see how you're doing.

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WILLEYDEBORAH 2/17/2013 10:24PM

    Keep it up. You look great!

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MELMOMOF4 2/4/2013 10:27PM

    that is awsome. i will also do this. but i will do my workout videos at home. you can do it spark friend.

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MSKIZ69 2/4/2013 8:53PM

    I KNOW you can do it! Tear it up Spark Buddy! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    Sounds great!!
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The Perks of Healthy Eating & Exercise

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Other than the scale I've noticed other things this past week.

1) I have SOOO much energy!

I literally can't sit still. It is amazing! I used to sit on the couch in a comatose state,and
now I am lucky if I can sit for 45 mins.

2) Stabilized Mood

I've noticed that I have been waking up in a great mood every morning. My stress level
has decreased, and for the first time in a LONG time my Bi-Polar moods have been
stable!!!!


3) I feel good!!

I have much more self-esteem and feel like I have control. Someone told me I looked
good yesterday, and I was finally able to say, "hell yeah I do" :)


4) Better Sleep

Since I am now being much more productive during the day, I'm actually tired at
normal bed time hours. No more staying up until 1 or 2am and only getting 5 hours of
sleep. I am having a good solid 7-8 hours nightly, and I am no longer so tired that I have
to nap during the day.


5) Exercise & Food Tracking

If I don't make it to the gym, I find myself craving it! I NEVER thought that I would be one
of " those" people!! I enjoy the time to myself, and I feel so accomplished when I am
done. Plus for me, it makes drinking water a lot easier!
I have also found that I find the Food Tracking aspect of Spark, FUN! I like knowing
exactly what I am putting in my mouth. (Even if it's a cheeseburger). It really makes you
think, and going grocery shopping is a new experience. I finally find myself looking at
labels and comparing items.


So really, when I think about it...all these other "perks" makes losing weight that much sweeter! I am a "new" me, and it's super exciting and inspiring. This is it....it's really going to happen this time!!!



  
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EFFRAYECHILDE 2/10/2013 11:58AM

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TERRIJ7 2/6/2013 12:33PM

    Woo Hoo! That is so great!

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MARYHENNIG 1/30/2013 11:24PM

  Awesome...a total lifestyle change!

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JEFEIST 1/30/2013 4:07PM

    Kind of nice to notice all the cool changes isn't it. I am making the same discoveries - way more energy - way less "feeling down" - and much better sleep (except that wonderful lovable snorer next to me). What great motivation

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SMCDONALD624 1/29/2013 10:16PM

    You go girl!! Your Blog is inspiring! I added you as a friend .. a fellow moodie here ;) emoticon

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MSKIZ69 1/26/2013 10:49AM

    Woohoo for you! Feeling and sleeping better are the best aren't they? You ROCK!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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1MYSTERY_LADY 1/23/2013 8:13PM

    Way to Go

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KA_JUN 1/22/2013 2:17PM

    Excellent synopsis of things we'll see with progress on our programs! Great job! emoticon

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FARIS71 1/21/2013 6:55PM

    What awesome observations! Relish them! Remember them when you hit bumps. Way to go!!!!

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MDERGA 1/21/2013 5:16PM

  So many of your "perks" are ones I forgot about. Thanks for reminding me that all the effort to get started again WILL end in a lot better life in so many ways. Thanks for the boost! You are inspirational! emoticon emoticon

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2NDCHANCEWITHEY 1/21/2013 2:34PM

    That's great! I guess a fellow bipolar woman the only thing I would be worried about would be that you don't sling shot into a manic. However I think its great you are a feeling stabilized. I know that I have been working for a long time to get to that point and am still not there. Just remember your support system and good job on the nsv!

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    Congratulations!!

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RAINBOWBRITE152 1/21/2013 10:35AM

    Feels great doesn't it? I enjoyed reading your blog entry! Keep up the great work! emoticon

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  What a great story! Thanks for sharing!

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  Oh hpw WONDERFUL for you. CLAP, clap awesome! emoticon

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SPSPSP1 1/21/2013 12:36AM

    It's not "going to happen". It's happening! Congrats!

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CHARTHESTAR 1/21/2013 12:32AM

    I am going through the changes too. I still backslide sometimes.... but as long as I get back on my journey- I will succeed.

The perks you mentioned- are so very important to your ultimate happy life!

Congratulations on your progress--- Keep up the great job. 80# is fantastic in a year!

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AMYABELL 1/20/2013 11:31PM

    So glad you have tons of energy! I started feeling this way this week too:) I know what you mean about craving the exercise. I am so tired when I don't get to work out. It also puts me in a good mood:)



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FATHINSN 1/20/2013 10:57PM

    Great positive changes, WooHoo!

I need to get back to my consistent exercises - lately, I noticed that I'm feeling more depressed, higher food munching (but still feel so hungry and thirsty!) and weight is creeping up again! And also, I'm lacking of discipline to go to work early!

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DANIOS 1/20/2013 9:38PM

    Great to hear, looking forward o experiencing some of that. Thanks emoticon

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    It is so good to feel good about yourself! Fantastic! emoticon emoticon

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    Congrats

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GODSBEST 1/20/2013 7:31PM

    Don't you just love those non-scale victories?

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DMORGAN1009 1/20/2013 7:21PM

    THANK YOU EVERYONE! I was totally not expecting all of this support from my blog. I'm truly touched by your words. Such great motivation to keep on pushing! emoticon

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MARYJEANSL 1/20/2013 5:10PM

  Congratulations! It's so great to see real progress and know you can do it. :-)

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    Excellent, keep it up!!

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    Good for you - keep pushing!!!

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    Awesome!

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    Can't think of anything better!

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    Isn't the difference amazing??!?!?!

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Check-In

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Hi there :)

I just wanted to check-in and let everyone know how things are going this week. This is my first week back on SP since last August. I did incredibly well on my weight loss journey last year, and I hope to do the same this year.

Last year, I was diagnosed with Bi-Polar Disorder. I have to say that living with this disorder has been the toughest thing I've ever had to face. I have spent a lot of time trying to work through it. It's not always easy, but this week I have noticed that the extra exercise has done a wonderful job keeping those mood swings at bay.

I know now that exercise on top of the medication and therapies are necessary to maintain some sort of balance in my life.

This past week I have tracked all my calories, worked out regularly, cut down on drinking diet pop, added more water, and have managed to take better care of myself and the household.

Even if I gain this week (which I am hoping not), I know that I put the best of me towards this, and that I want to continue to feel this way for as long as I can.

Happy Sparking Everyone!! :)

  
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TMCLEOD4 1/16/2013 7:53AM

    You're off to a great restart!
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SASKGIRL81 1/16/2013 12:43AM

    Welcome back!!!!! It's so great to see you again. I'll be here to help cheer you on!

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Weight Loss w/ Depression & Anxiety Disorders

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

A year and a half ago, I was diagnosed with Major Depression & Anxiety Disorders. I've had many serious ups and downs, but since early this year I seem to be on a better medication.

Having Depression & Anxiety makes it really hard to lose weight. The loss of energy is probably one of the worst symptoms of Depression. So is the hopelessness & self criticism.

This past week I have not been feeling well. For some reason, I have been feeling overwhelmed and stressed. I think a lot of it has to do with the kids going back to school next week. It's a stressful time, especially for a single mom.

My Depression & Anxiety have prevented me from holding any type of job, and I am very lucky to have qualified for social security this last year. My friends think I have it made, but I would trade it all just not to have these disorders!

Doing laundry, going shopping, cooking meals, and etc. are so hard for me to do. Worst of all I can't multitask anymore to save my life!

These roadblocks are definitely hard to work through. Losing weight for me is a huge deal. Lately, I have been having a very hard time sticking to the calories and not over-eating. I think I am harder on myself then anyone I know. I weigh in tomorrow, and I am anticipating a weight gain. I surely deserve one.

I am hoping that no matter what the scale does, that I can accept it and move on. With Depression I tend to dwell on things longer than most. It is hard not to think of failing at weight loss, because to be honest I have failed at many things in life.

I probably would have given up already, but I see my kids and there are so many things that I want to do with them before they grow up. A lot of things that most kids should do, but unfortunately I am too overweight to do them. I know that I have mentioned Cedar Point, but other things such as fitting in the seats of a stadium to watch a game, or going camping and being able to comfortably sleep on the ground. Let's not mention that I'd love to take the kids to the Sand Dunes & I know that right now I am in no physical shape to do so.

All these things weigh on my mind as I go through my weight loss journey. I'm trying to learn how to live with my Depression & Anxiety, but this is seriously the hardest thing that I have ever encountered.

I just want to be the best me I can, and I know that right now I am not. I love the support on Spark People and I love being able to blog how I am feeling on any particular day.

I just wanted to share with my spark friends a little background into my life, and maybe some people can relate to the things I say.

Thank you everyone that reads my blogs, and for all the support you have given me. It really does help me on days that are tough and it seems like lately I've been having more and more. The last thing I want to do is gain the 10.5 pounds I have lost in the last month. It's a small success, but at this point I'll take any success that I can get!

Thank ya'll for listening.

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TRACY-M 2/4/2013 7:33AM

    I am so glad that I found this. I was diagnosed with a shopping list of psychological issues.. Major Depression, borderline personality disorder and anxiety were at the top of the list. It's nice to know that someone else can work through things and come to a positive place. Right now I feel so lost and like I'm fighting against myself all of the time.

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LITTLEKIM4 9/3/2011 8:57PM

    I was diagnosed with clinical depression about 15 years ago. I took medication for probably 10-12 years. There was a point, I remember it took too much effort to eat a sandwich. Now, I'm doing pretty well, but I do remember what it was like to not have the energy to do the most basic tasks. Even the simplest thing can seem so overwhelming. Forgive yourself for not being perfect, and just keep trying the best you can. And if you can summon the energy to get in a little exercise, it might help. I have found that exercise really helps me to stay on an even keel. I also have a friend who can't take anti-depressants because she has a reaction to them, so she "has" to exercise to combat her depression.

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DMORGAN1009 8/31/2011 5:46PM

    Thanks Ladies! The scale won today and I gained 3.4 pounds, but I can honestly say I deserved this one. Next week is going to be different. I have found my motivation! YAHOO! emoticon

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TMCLEOD4 8/31/2011 10:18AM

    Don't get upset about the scale. Just keep on trying. Depression I know about, not so much anxiety. It can be very debilitating! I usually find getting outside helps. Some fresh air and sunshine does me a lot of good. (I live in the Seattle area, so it never gets too hot to enjoy the sun)
I'm rooting for you all the way!! You are very worth it! You deserve this! You will succeed!!

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MICHIGANLORI 8/31/2011 8:36AM

    Depression & Anxiety is a tough road. We are all here for you. emoticon

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BESTCK 8/31/2011 7:28AM

    First, 10.5 lbs is not a SMALL success. That's a very great success. Also, if the scale reads that you have gained this week, do not think it's because you do or don't DESERVE it. The scale doesn't judge, it just gives facts at a point in time. People like us, who deal with depression on a daily basis know that weight goes up and down sometimes, regardless of what we, ourselves, are doing.

If you find you are struggling most with staying within your calorie range, can you try to focus on your exercise instead? This might be easier if you have young children. Take them to a park to run around while you walk the perimeter or play ball with them or just dance around your living room? Exercise really does make us feel better.

You might also want to look at your goals and maybe change them so you have more calories per day. You might lose weight more slowly, but if you're more consistently successful in the long run, that's better for your motivation.

I hope that being here, in this non-judgmental environment, brings just a little sunshine into your life. I don't think there's anyone here who has done this perfectly from day one, the first time. We all struggle and need help.

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BECKY3774 8/31/2011 6:42AM

    All you can do is keep trying. keep putting one foot in front of the other. There will be times that you keep tripping, but if you keep moving, you're sure to make it eventually. I'm here for you, and so are all of your other spark friends! emoticon emoticon

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45WENDY 8/30/2011 11:31PM

    I too have been diagnosed with major clinical depression and anxiety disorder. Feeling like a vegetable with no energy and no motivation is a sympton of these disorders. So we do not have total control of these symptoms and yet we critize ourselves the most for them. Its not our fault. We are not helpless or hopeless. Small steps, small goals and being kind to yourself. You have alot on your plate as a single Mom and you are doing the best you can for them. Keep hopeful and take small steps and if you can...pat yourself on the back for them. Best Wishes from a fellow 'survivor'. emoticon

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Rough Week

Monday, August 22, 2011

This has been a particularly rough week tracking, exercising, and staying on my calories. I guess I just haven't been feelin it this week. Although, I feel incredibly guilty for the poor choices that I have made.

I haven't been eating every 4 hours, so when I'm hungry I am definitely making poor food choices and overindulging. I haven't been exercising and I've been making up excuses as to why I can't.

I have been doing really well the past few weeks, but to be honest I am terrified to weigh in on Wednesday. Any weight I gain will totally be understandably and am hoping it will jump start my motivation to get back on track next week.

It sucks when you know you've been doing bad, and you just give up the rest of the week because of it. I know that I can do better than this. I want to lose the weight, and I want to reach my goals.

Everyone says that "bad" weeks are all part of the journey, I guess so...lol.

I'll take the good with the bad, and hopefully in the end the good will win.

I just need to remind myself that I am human, but I also need to stop making excuses for myself. Excuses are not going to get me where I want to be.

On a positive note, I am still here and I feel an overwhelming gratitude for the support I've received on Spark.

Wednesday starts are new week, and I will continue to rock on with my bad self and get back on track. Remember from my previous blogs, I have to be a fighter and I have the greatest motivation of all, my children. emoticon

  
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LITTLEKIM4 8/26/2011 11:02PM

    I am really, really trying to keep a mindset of "one day at a time." If I do poorly one day, that doesn't mean I can't start over the next day. In fact, I'm even trying to take it "one choice at a time." If I binge and eat a few more cookies than I probably should, I really try to not let it become an excuse to overeat the rest of the day.

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TMCLEOD4 8/23/2011 9:38AM

    One bad choice doesn't ruin a day. One bad day doesn't ruin a week. One bad week doesn't ruin a goal of losing weight. Just keep trying, you are worth it!!!

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BESTCK 8/22/2011 9:24PM

    I think it's going around. I'm doing okay on the food but I cannot seem to get into the exercise routine I need to in order to make a difference.

Hopefully, it will pass and next week we'll all be back to our Sparkly selves.

Good Luck!

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BECKY3774 8/22/2011 9:04PM

    I'm on my second bad week in a row. I have to put a stop to this.....Let's stop together!!!!! emoticonNOW!!! emoticon

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